Mental Health and Wellness

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Semester 2 2017

25-29 Spetember 2017

25 September NTI Wollongong Campus

A state of wellbeing is defined as every individual having the opportunity to realise their own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully and make a contribution to their community.  Rapidly evolving evidence and the emergence of new research technologies are forcing revision of historical truths, beliefs, traditions and approaches to mental health and wellness. This subject explores recent developments in our understanding of mental health and wellbeing, including severe challenges to mental health and the associated impact on the lives of people having these experiences and their families and communities. 

The subject will cover:

  • Environment, culture, adaptive ability
  • Family, community, professional services, government policy and planning
  • Antecedents
  • Promotion of resilience, attachment, a sense of belonging and empowerment
  • Genetic theories, vulnerability and resilience
  • Mental health and wellness across the  lifespan
  • Adversity and growth
  • Early identification and intervention
  • Changes within mood, thought and behaviour
  • Equanimity and equilibrium
  • Wellness, personal responsibility and the dignity of risk
  • Social justice and human rights
  • Buddhist perspectives
  • Legislation, ethics, compassion and care
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Therapeutic modalities

Who is it for?

‘Health and Social Wellbeing’ courses are relevant to people working in a diverse range of fields. For example:

  • Counselling
  • Coaching
  • Health
  • Medicine
  • Education
  • Welfare
  • Social
  • Allied health
  • Business
  • Human Resources



Preliminary reading

1 week –18 – 22 September 2017

Lectures and workshops (5 day intensive on-campus)

25 – 29 September 2017 (9:00am - 5:00pm daily)





Essay (1,500 words)


Review of literature (3,000 words)



‘Mental Health and Disability ‘ is an elective subject in Nan Tien Institute’s postgraduate Health and Social Wellbeing program.

This 6 credit point subject can be an elective in:

Master of Arts (Health and Social Wellbeing)

72 credit points

Graduate Diploma of Health and Social Wellbeing

48 credit points

Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Wellbeing

24 credit points

Total cost:

Australian students


International students


Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites to study this subject as a non-award student.

There are academic and/or program and work experience prerequisites for studying this subject as part of the NTI Health and Social Wellbeing program. Contact NTI for details on entry requirements.